HASTINGS Valley Vikings have thoroughly thrashed Coffs Harbour Snappers in a grand final rematch for the ages.
The Snappers claimed a grand final win when the two sides last met at Oxley Oval but looked deflated as the Vikings produced a monster 49-26 thumping at Oxley on Saturday, May 11.
The Reserves also taking home a 20-14 win.
The win continues a strong run for the black and green men as they row along at the top of the ladder from a 64-12 victory over Kempsey the week before.
Vikings coach Andrew Kable said the Snappers appeared to be off their game.
"We certainly set ourselves some goals in respect to the way we play and for most of the first half the guys were able to really get their head around things and as a result they dominated their opposition," he said.
"I don't think Coffs Harbour were at their best yesterday and they certainly improved in the second half, it was very uncharacteristic for them to be missing tackles the way they were.
"It's a bit difficult to get a read on it, but the lines our guys were running, I was really happy with it.
"(However) we missed plenty of kicks yesterday and obviously its something quite concerning.
"We are going to have to find ourselves a goal kicker or get the guys who are kicking at goals to do some work."
As the Vikings cruised through the match, new and returning players were rotated off the bench to gain some much needed experience before the Viking's upcoming away game showdown with the Port Macquarie Pirates.
"We made a number of changes in the second half, giving guys in the reserve grade some experience at first grade in key positions," said Kable.
"We did drop off a little without offence and it was disappointing to let them get a bonus point just before the end of the game through scoring four tries.
"That's something that we will have to look at, just maintaining our concentration for the whole 90 minutes.
"We gave Lyndon Gale a run this season, he's come back from a pretty serious shoulder injury last year and he enjoyed his time out there.
"Ben Cutler went out to replace Adam at halfback and he'll get more opportunities throughout the season.
"I'm not going to say they will get bumped up but they will certainly get more opportunities on the bench to play if others aren't performing."
Halfback Adam McCormack was again dominant in the middle, securing the player of the day award - while Peter Segal collected the players award for the day.
"Adam picked up some points yesterday for the player of the day award, he was outstanding," said Kable.
"We gave him a rest with twenty minutes to go, he's been around a long time and he certainly knows his craft, he's an important part of our team."
The run of triumphant games continues for the Vikings who are not leaving home until they face Port Macquarie Pirates.
"It was a grand final replay, obviously Coffs beat them on Oxley Oval last year," said Kable.
"That's a fair motivator for the boys.
"So far so good, we're undefeated but we're only a third of the way through and we'll see how we go in a couple of weeks time against the Pirates.
"We'll probably give the boys a bit of a light run on Tuesday, there is a few bad bodies there.
"We'll continue working on our defensive patterns and set piece."
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